Cross-Border Philanthropy: New IJNL Issue Explores Challenges


ICNL is pleased to announce the release of Volume 17, Issue 1 (March 2015) of The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law (IJNL), which explores challenges to cross-border philanthropy.

In “Aid Barriers and the Rise of Philanthropic Protectionism,” ICNL’s Douglas Rutzen categorizes constraints on cross-border philanthropy, summarizes governmental justifications, and analyzes restrictions under international law.

The issue also features research from ICNL Board member Oonagh Breen of Ireland, who explores aid effectiveness and host country ownership as justifications for restrictions on cross-border charity. Prof. Breen, who is also a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin goes on to ask, “When does a legitimate regulatory tool in one jurisdiction become a regulatory tool of oppression in another?

Barbara Ibrahim of Egypt, Senior Advisor and Founding Director of the American University in Cairo’s John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, assesses obstacles to cross-border philanthropy in the Arab transition states and outlines recommendations.

The IJNL’s first issue of 2015 also features a summary of the tax incentives for supporting public benefit
activities in Poland, written by Grazyna Piechota.

As governments around the world increasingly restrict philanthropic funds from flowing across borders, the importance of scholarly research to understand this troubling trend has never been greater.

Click here to read the full issue.